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, these are reports from two major newspapers today, saying that this u.s. launches these drone attacks against al qaeda targets from that particular base. i want to bring in two folks here at the pentagon chris lawrence also michael holmes from cnn international. chris, it's not a total surprise that this was there in saudi arabia, but certainly it was not something that they officially wanted to reveal. why are they doing it now? >> that's the big question, suzanne, why did this come out? we reported two years ago from our sources u.s. officials were telling us the cia was building an airstrip in the a arabian peninsula. it was hinted it would possibly be in saudi arabia. but we never had any sort of agreement to withhold that. we simply reported it was being built in the arabian peninsula. others entered an agreement with the white house to hold back the exact location. why that is coming out now? that's what we are trying to figure out. it's certainly extremely provocative. you couldn't pick probably a more provocative place in the islamic world to have u.s. strikes originating from saudi arab
for immigration. this past week, also featured contentious hearings on u.s. defense policy and on slowing the epidemic of gun violence in america. we'll take a closer look at guns, first beginning with vice president joe biden's admission after meeting with democratic lawmakers on capitol hill. >> nothing we're going to do is going to fundamentally alter or eliminate the possibility of another mass shooting or guarantee that we will bring the deaths down to a thousand a year from what it is now. >> the government's most recent report says nearly 32,000 people died of gun injuries in 2010. many folks think the biggest obstacle to changing any of the nation's gun laws is the national rifle association. cnn crime and justice correspondent joe johns is joining us, taking a look at the money and influence at the nation's capitol. >> right, and wolf, money donated to canada is just one way to measure political influence in washington, like other areas, grass roots organizing. and with the battle hitting capitol hill this week, we took a look at the money the rifle association has been spending
cameron as he introduces himself to some of the main u.s. allies. >> he's visiting nine countries as part of this 11-day trip. next stop germany. he also called the head of the syrian opposition group today to encourage him to come to the friends of syria meeting in rome. >> wow. the opposition group said on friday it would boycott that meeting because of a lack of support from the international community. >> we are determined that the syrian opposition is not going to be dangling in the wind, wondering where the support is or if it's coming. and we are determined to change the calculation on the ground for president assad. >> in new orleans the federal government and an army of lawyers for oil giant bp are ready to battle it out. a trial getting under way. >> bp wants to limit the civilian penalties it's got to pay for the worst oil spill in u.s. history almost three years ago. billions of dollars are now at stake. >>> now back to the vatican in crisis. pope benedict's final days now overshadowed by -- you're talking about allegations of abuse, sex, blackmail, prostitutes. >> again. now
north korea's nuclear weapons and bollistic missile programs constitute a threat to u.s. national security and to international peace and security. and he continued the u.s. remains vigilant in the face of north korean provocations and steadfast in our defense commitments to allies in the region. obviously ther obvious obviously, there is grave concern. the north koreans are saying they have a different type of weapon, more sophisticated, more powerful. what is happening right now is that the u.s. and international organizations are monitoring what they -- what they can from this test. they are sending the united states, sending planes aloft and what they do, they have sensors on them, and they try to sniff the air in a way and figure out exactly what kind of explosion that was. because there are a couple of different types of explosions, and depending on that, we could find out how much they can do of testing in the future and perhaps create a bomb. soledad. >> jill dougherty, thank you, jill. ahead, we'll talk to gordon chang, author of "nuclear showdown." we'll discuss that, st
congress into putting off billions of dollars in automatic spending cuts, cuts he fears will wreck the u.s. economic recovery. basically he wants lawmakers to kick the can down the road one more time. let's go to our white house correspondent dan lothian. dan is joining us. dan, the president made a little bit of a surprise appearance over in the white house briefing room. >> reporter: that's right. very surprising because the president in the past has criticized these short-term deals saying that this is not what the american people sent their elected officials to washington to do. you have this march 1st deadline quickly approaching. while congress is trying to work on a bigger budget, 1 pine point $2 trillion package, the president says they need more time in order to continue tipping away at the problem. the big concern is that everyone believes that the economy is moving in the right direction. the president is pointing to auto sales, the housing, to manufacturing. and so there's this worry that if this see quester happens, if these deep cuts happen then it could be a major set back f
in the united states on this? >> there is no official reaction from the u.s. government. of course, the u.s. was expecting this ted stevens morning. was speaking to an official that said the test could come any time. obviously they have been bracing for it. right now a lot of frantic telephone calls going on. not only within the u.s. government but also in south korea. the new secretary of state, john kerry, spoke to the south korean foreign minister just moments ago about the latest nuclear test and now everybody is trying to get their diplomatic ducks in a row. everybody getting on the same page. there will be a security council meeting tomorrow morning, 11:00 eastern time. to discuss the next response and that is what the question is. what will the traffic there? will the chinese sign on to the tough resolution that the united states is looking for? will they set on to tough sanctions. it is unclear at this point what china will agree to and that is the best the u.s. can hope for in terms of getting anything out of the u.n. security council. then i also understand the united states is al
say they do not have the capability to make a bomb. >> well, zoraida, it will be days before the u.s. has a very good handle on the size of the explosion, the size of the payload, but at first glance what u.s. officials are very concerned about are north korea's claims that it testified a miniaturized nuclear weapon. why is that so concerning? that means they're closer to making a missile that they could launch toward the united states. these types of dplier tesnuclea moves them closer to mastering the idea. it was expected, officials tell me, that north korea warned the u.s. and china yesterday that a test was eminent. after the test president obama issued a statement. what he said was north korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs constitute a threat to u.s. national security and to international peace and security. we will strengthen close coordination with allies and partners and work with our six-party partners,united nations security council and other u.n. member states to pursue this. they will be meeting this morning in an emergency session. my source is telling
this nuclear test. we're getting this information from the u.s. geological survey which reported a seismic disturbance in north korea. the seismic event was centered near the side of pyeoongyangpyoo previous tests. officials have confirmed seismic activity in north korea. south korea says it detected what it called an artificial earthquake north of its border. the tremor, though, was different from what you might consider to be a normal earthquake. no further information at this stage is known. there's no official confirmation coming from anyone, least of all from pyongyang. north korea as we've been telling you, widely expecting to carry out this nuclear test any day now. pyongyang is expecting to stage a high intensity -- we have anna koran standing by in seoul, south korea, we also have alex in tokyo. let's go to anna koran, who is in seoul for us right now. anna, you're on military maneuvers just a few days ago, with the south koreans and u.s. military there. there is a great deal of preparation in south korea for this event. essentially, given what's happened, what can the south korea
to protect the u.s. from devastating cyber attacks, and china considered one of the biggest offenders. the cyber security company, of course, has been saying it's identified a hacking group in shanghai with ties to china's military and says it watched those hackers systematically steal information from more than 140 companies. china denying any involvement. >>> and police still have no clue who managed to pull off a daring heist at the brussels airport. thieves managed to steal $50 million worth of diamonds from a plane on the tarmac. on monday night, two cars burst through the perimeter fence, the airport, sped towards the plane. authorities say the men were wearing police uniforms and were heavily armed. they were in and out of the airport within minutes. it is cnn's top international news story today. >>> of course, we are talking about the olympic star pistorius. everybody is following this. everybody is talking about this. it is really quite amazing. another night we're going to spend in jail. we don't know the outcome, whether he's going to be released on bail. this is playing o
. just for some perspective, the u.s. is going to spend $88 billion this year, this year in afghanistan. we're going to have much more on this part of the story coming up later, barbara. thanks very much into here in washington, president obama is doing an end around the national press today. he's taking questions from local tv stations, blaming congress for doing nothing to avoid these forced spending cuts scheduled to take effect in just nine days. so what kind of cuts is the president willing to take? jim acosta confronted the white house press secretary today with that question. jim is joining us now. how did it go? >> reporter: wolf, here we go again. the white house and congress move one day closer to the massive forced spending cuts that go into effect at the end of next week. and even though they both agree it's a problem, they are both busy blaming each other to fix it. the white house sounding the alarm. poor children will be tossed out of classrooms, health services will be slashed, border security will be compromised and the economy will take a hit if forced budgets cuts beg
to a man whose wife is stuck on that ship. >>> north korea thumbing its nose at the u.s. and the international community by carrying out a new, more powerful nuclear test. is the first one under kim jong-un, press obama calls it a threat to u.s. security and world peace. the first indication of the underground test came when seismologists detected a tremor in an area not known for earthquakes. >>> in his state of the union speech tonight, president obama will announce 34,000 u.s. troops will be home from afghanistan by this time next year. jake tapper, the first to break the news after talking to sources who know about the president's speech. the move's going to cut the number of troops in afghanistan by more than half. troop reductions will continue through the end of next year. >>> so more than 4,000 people if you can imagine this, stuck on this cruise ship, disabled cruise ship. they are hot. they are hungry. they are holding their noses because toilets are overflowing. folks feeling desperate now. the ship is finally on the move. you have tugboats towing it to mobile
intrastructure. a 2009 study of u.s. infrastructure by the american society of civil engineers concluded that we need $2.2 trillion to be spent over five years to bring the nation's roads, bridges, railway tracks, airports and associated systems up to grade. let me make three crucial points. first, this is the big bang. it would be the most effective way to create good jobs. unemployment in the construction industry is among the nation's highest. around 16%. the private sector is still not investing much in construction. second, it's cheap. the federal government's borrowing costs today are lower than they are ever likely to be, again. deferring maintenance is not fiscal prudence. when your boiler explodes, it costs more than it would had you just spent the money keeping it in good functioning order. we need to spend that money now. third, this is an area where the federal government has always had a big role, one that republicans have long embraced. in 1930, even as herbert hoover was trying to balance the federal budget, he urged large scale expenditures on infrastructure. despite all this, in
on thursday. we'll take you live to vatican city for this historic event. >>> back here in the u.s. now where we're watching the fallout from a fiery wreck in daytona beach, florida. the crash on the last lap of the race sent debris flying into the stands. 28 spectators were injured. want to bring in joe carter live from daytona. joe, any update. are you hearing how the injured fans are doing? >> yes, good morning to you, susan. yes, cnn can confirm that as of 5:30 this morning there were four patients remaining at the halifax medical center the location in daytona beach and three of those four patients do remain in the intensive care unit. one of those icu patients is a male minor. now yesterday joey the speedway president did confirm that 28 people, 28 spectators were hospitalized and 14 were treated at the track hospital and 14 were taken off site to local hospitals. to recap what happened yesterday. this was the final lap of the race, it was a clumatic moment in the race. cars going around 200 inches per hour just inches from each other. regan smith was leading the race and tried to do a
-marina ccused of killing a former navy s.e.a.l. sniper and a u.s. veteran at a shooting range was acting crazy the night of the shooting acourting to eddie routh's sister. >> listen, my brother came here, he told me he just committed a murder. >> okay, hold on -- >> and i'm terrifiedor my life because i don't know if he's going to come back here. he said he killed two guys at a shooting range. like he's all crazy. he's [ bleep ] sipsychotic. i'm sorry for my language. i don't know if he's on drugs or not. >> police arrested r eed routh y after those charges. in an incident last year he threatened suicide after his dad said he was going to sell his gun. >>> the search resumes this morning at an underground alabama bunker where a little boy was held hostage for six days. the fbi now looking for more bombs after already finding two bombs in and around that bunker. rescue team breached the bunker monday pulling evan to safety. the kidnaper, jimmy lee dykes, died from several gunshot wounds and this morning ethan is at home, celebrating his sixth bir birthday and the city is working on a massive bi
's a one-eyed bandit, the head of a cell called those that sign in blood. ten years ago, the u.s. considered taking him down and chose not to. vicki huddleston was the u.s. ambassador to mali when he first popped on the radar. >> he was not a threat to anyone. just a cigarette smuggler at that point and not a legitimate target. >> ten years later, he is one of the most brazen to have targeted americans abroad. in january, he master minded the attack on an algerian gas plant. three americans ended up dead. >> we've seen he is a much cleverer man than we manled. >> back then, it seems too risky. huddleston argued against an air strike in 2003. >> the strikes would have been imperfect and would have united the region against us. >> she did push for intense intelligence sharing and mentoring with mali's forces and uniting the region against militants. >> the tragedy is we did not continue the same policy. >> she later moved over to the pentagon for the obama administration. she says they advocated a policy of trying to contain al-qaeda in north africa, instead of building up the abil
be a threat? also in a few minutes u.s. senate expected to vote on chuck hagel president obama's controversial nominee for defense secretary. we'll bring to it live. more on what's going on in egypt right now. a holt air balloon carrying lots of tourists explodes and plummets to the ground. we're finding out how this could happen. we're going live to egypt. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with the huge winter storm, the national weather service is now calling historic. cities like amarillo, texas, wichita, kansas have broken snowfall records. 45 million in 21 states are being affected one way or another. the storm is blamed for at least three deaths. look at this. it's even dangerous after the storm blows away. in kansas city, the heavy wet snow is causing roofs to collapse. nobody was hurt in this building. but the snow is also bringing down tree limbs on to power lines. in kansas city thousands of people are reported without power. george, what's going on? >> reporter: this is par for the course here in the midwest. this is the second time in a week that this r
he's bringing home 34,000 u.s. troops, 34,000 troops, gone from afghanistan, by this time next year, 2014. that, do the math, cuts the force by a little more than half, so you will have 32,000 u.s. troops still in afghanistan into 2014. stay tuned. because we will hit on this a little later, this major troop withdrawal from afghanistan. i want to talk now about tonight, about the state of the union, about gun control. and, yes, ted nugent. >> if barack obama becomes the president in november, again, i will either be dead or in jail by this time next year. >> that man, ted nugent, says he will come to the speech tonight unarmed, not a bad idea, but here you have prominent gun right supporter, how do i say this, known to be a little excitable? you with me. he'll be right there in that regal house chamber for tonight's state of the union. ted nugent will be the guest of steve stockman, house republican. stockman, from texas, says ted nugent's a patriot. here is more of ted nugent, again, speaking last april. >> our president and attorney general, our vice president, hillary clinton, th
, mississippi. >> anderson, a new blizzard is hitting the u.s. up to 15 inches of snow fell across parts of seven upper midwest states. minnesota and the dakotas are taking the biggest punch. meanwhile, residents in the northeast continue to dig out from this weekend's massive blizzard. up to 40 inches of snow fell in hamden, connecticut. about 2 feet of snow is on the ground and boston and parts of long island, new york. >>> about 20 survivors of gun violence including gabby giffords and her husband, are expected to be in the audience for tomorrow night's state of the union address by president obama. each survivor will be a guest of a member of congress. giffords survived a shooting in tucson two years ago. >>> well, president obama is expected to talk about his push for gun legislation as well as jobs, the economy, and more tomorrow night. >>> former staff sergeant clint romesha will also be a guest at the state of the union address. romesha was awarded the medal of honor for courageous actions during a nearly 13-hour fire fight in afghanistan that left eight americans dead. romesha's
tapper just broke that the president will announce on afghanistan that u.s. troops will be reduced by half by february of 2014, the number of u.s. troops in afghanistan will go down to 34,000, that's specificity we didn't have before and we expect him to detail tonight. carol, by and large the president will be focusing a lot on domestic priorities, specifically the economy. >> mr. speaker, the president of the united states. >> reporter: how times have changed. when he addressed congress one year ago, president obama faced sagging poll numbers and a tough road to re-election. the result? a state of the union address that contained few new proposals and largely fell flat, not likely this year. >> his party gained seats in both the senate and the house. the american people broadly speaking are with him and so he can deliver a speech without the kinds of political constraints that he faced just 12 months ago. >> reporter: white house officials tell cnn that tonight's address will book end the president's inaugural speech last month, when he laid out aggressive themes on issues of gun
, north korea warns quote, if the u.s. continues with their hostility, it would be inevitable to continuously conduct a stronger second or third measure. president obama quick to react calling the test, quote, highly provocative. it is seen as a new challenge to mr. obama's efforts to keep the north from becoming a full-blown nuclear power. china, north's main ally, also criticizing this test, as does russia, as does south korea, as does japan and many others. >>> president obama to give the state of the union address tonight. we know what one of his bombshells will be. cnn's jake tapper breaking the news. the president will announce by this time next year 34,000 american troops will be home from afghanistan. that's about half of all of the u.s. troops, who are currently in afghanistan right now. >>> the senate armed services committee will vote today on the nomination of chuck hagel for defense secretary. mr. hagel has encountered strong opposition from some members. but his nomination is expected to be approved and sent to the full senate for a vote. he's expected to be conf
sweep 5000 power brush. >>> welcome back to "around the world." if you thought the u.s. congress was stuck in grid las vegas, take a look at italy. that in political chaos after a election without a winner. >> the center left party, they won the vote by a slim majority. the problem is they don't have enough seats in the italian senate to actually form a government. and the current prime minister, mario monti, he finished a distant fourth. >> what threw a wrench into all of this a big vote for a protest party led by famous italian comedian, a guy named beppe grillo. controversial former prime minister sill lsilvio berluscon is not out of the picture. >> an amazing country politically. italy's the third biggest economy in europe. it got the second biggest debt burdenen in europe. investors do not like the outcome of the election. >> we watched it. the dow dropping 200 points after results came out. the european markets taking a big drop when it opened this morning. richard quest out of london, tell us what is happening. what is the reaction? >> reporter: most dramatic reaction on t
it gets here it will be greeted by members of the u.s. coast guard and the nationshtio transportation safety board. it's no exaggeration to say this cruise to paradise has turned into a cruise through hell. >> raw sewage, pretty bad. when you walk in the hallways, you have to cover your face, we don't have any masks for breathing. it's just disgusting. >> reporter: sunday's fire which disabled the cruise ship's engines, disabled many of the toilets t hot water and the air conditioners. >> the rooms are very hot unless you have a balcony room and then you can kind of get air and light, but if you have an interior room like mine, it's pretty dark in there and pretty smelly especially if someone used your bathroom. >> reporter: as for food -- >> bread, boxed cereal and water and sodas and they just opened the bar to give people free beer and wine. >> reporter: fresh food is being brought aboard from other cruise ships. tug boats are brewing the ship to port in the mobile, alabama. meanwhile the crew are doing what they can. >> we're not having as much fun as what we had planned, but ever
treating the 28-year-old says she has a complex torn ligament in her right knee. the u.s. ski team says vonn will be out for the rest of the season. they do say they expect her back in time for the 2014 olympic games. you may say that's so far away. dr. strickland of the hospital for special surgery talked to us today and said it's a devastating injury that usually takes 9 to 12 months for an elite athlete like vonn to get back to a full level of training after something like this. >>> congressman jared paulus and bloomenaur of oregon have introduced two bills. it allows those states which legalize marijuana to do so without worrying about federal agencies raiding businesses. how much would this pot tax raise? i'm not a smoker but if you are, this will matter to you. if the federal tax of $50 an ounce were placed on pot, an estimate from the congressional research service says it would rake in $20 billion in revenue annually. that's right. once it's legal, you pay a tax. >>> it's been 551 days since the u.s. lost its top credit rating. what are we doing to get it back? in its latest eco
covering the story of martha stewart, the u.s. embassy bombing trial. and listening to this particular trial is really interesting, the fact they brought on the wife, the one who initially basically discovered or uncovered this behavior, saying that, you know, he never really wanted the baby that they had together, that he became withdrawn, he became remote. a young couple. there was something very almost strange about her particular testimony, even when the defense lawyer said, look, why didn't you come and talk to us about what it was you experienced? she said, why would i want to do that? he's trying to kill me. however, and this is the point that sunny makes, that is you've got to look at the charges. he's facing a conspiracy of kid na napping, also accessing a database. so two counts, that's all. when i heard prosecutors give their opening -- >> go ahead, sunny. >> i think the second count is the slam dunk count. if he in fact is a law enforcement, dabbled into a database and broke into a database for other than law enforcement purposes, hey, as a federal prosecutor, that's the ea
, and if someone is importing these substances into the u.s. and then redistributing those distance substances, there could be a variety of federal drug crimes involved. >> now, callan says a-rod's first concern should be a potential suspension from major league baseball. that could still be a long way off. >> thank you very much. >> you're welcome. >>> it's groundhog day. the day when we find out if we'll have an early spring or six more miserable weeks of winter. it all depends on the legend drid prognosticate are punxsutawney phil. did he see his slad doe this morning? >> so you faithful, there is no shadow to see. an early spring for you and me. >> i'll believe it when i see it. you heard phil what he had to say. what about chuck the groundhog? he's staten island zoo's prognosticator. he also predicted an early spring. hmm. >>> speaking of animal predictions, are the bulls going to continue their run on wall street? we'll look at what's driving the dow's big climb back to the 14,000 point and what it could mean for your bottom line. >>> and this goat could be worth a million dollars after
, a prominent u.s. cardinal protected priests from police after being accused of molesting children. a lot going on there. this may have some people asking, so why do we have priests at all? that is the subject of a new book by pulitzer prize winning author and catholic gary willis called "why priests: a failed tradition ". and also brett strong, a protestant, also an ordained minister. gary, you argue the institution of priesthood, you say it's a mistake. how so? >> well, there were no priests in the original followers of jesus. paul does not call himself or anyone else that in his letters. the gospels called no one a priests but the jewish priests. of course, that's the issue. the first followers of jesus did have brooess but they were the jewish priests in the temple because the first christians continued to go to temple and synagogue. >> do you think they have too much power, gary? >> yes, they -- well, once it was introduced, all of the gifts of the spirit that paul talks about in his letters, readers, healers, exexorcists, it got separated off. when jesus sent out his disciples at first th
. >> reporter: many u.s. catholics are outraged because recently released court documents show mahoney helped protect accused pedophile priests from law enforcement. >> his attendance at the conclave is a slap in the face to catholics and to victims. >> reporter: in the 1980s, she was abused by a catholic school teacher. she's now an activist with s.n.a.p., survivors network of those abused by priests. >> here's a man that we now know through these documents released over the past month, for 25 years in the archdiocese of los angeles he covered up for child sexual abuse. >> reporter: newspaper columnist michael fit gerald was an altar boy in the '80s for mahoney. >> it's an issue of moral authority. they flouted the law, so he has no place voting for the church's highest spiritual authority. >> reporter: but mahoney isn't staying silent. far from it. on monday from rome he enraged his detractors by blogging this response to the controversy -- i can't recall a time such as now when people tend to be so judgemental and even self-righteous, so quick to accuse, judge and condemn. and often with s
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